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EDUC 6177 Week 5: Week 5

Ask A Librarian

Education Research

This link will take you to the main page for education research, with links to resources selected to meet the needs of education scholar-practitioners.

Searching in the Library

You are asked to research new technologies and multimedia resources for adult learners throughout this course.

During this week you are looking at gamification, simulations and virtual environments.  A sample search on this topic is provided below.

Sample article search

The Education Research page is the place to find recommended databases for your searches.  Below is a sample search in Education Source, the best place to start searching for articles on your education-related topic.  Follow these steps to run your search:


1. Click the Select a Subject drop-down from the Walden Library Home Page.



2. Choose Education from the options.


3. Now choose Education Source from the list of education databases.

You may have to login with your myWalden email and password.



4. Now you are on a search screen with three Search boxes.  Break your topic down into just keywords and type one concept or keyword(s) per box, separating synonyms with the word OR within each line.


In the top search box type: higher education OR college OR university


In the second search box type:  gamification OR gaming OR game OR simulation OR virtual environment


In the third search box type:  implement*


Add a row by clicking on the plus sign to the right of the third search box


In the added search box type:  enhance* OR benefit


Note: Using the asterisk (*) allows you to capture variant ending - enhance/enhancement/enhancing


Note: Search for terms in the AB Abstract by using the drop-down to the right of the search box


Here's what the search page will look like:



5. Click the Search button.


This is just a sample search.  Look for additional vocabulary, including specific games and virtual environments, to add to your search.  Try different combinations to see what search string brings back the best results for you.

Educaton Databases


Click on any of the Tutorial links below for additional help on specific topics:

Other help pages

How to choose a topic (finding a topic that's not too broad or too narrow)

Keyword searching (how to determine the best words to search)

Boolean search operators (how to put your keywords together)

Peer review (find out what it means and why it's important)

How to find full text